Learn valuable ecological skills as a Forest Steward!

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, a Baltimore County-based land trust and watershed restoration organization, is seeking volunteers that enjoy being outdoors and making a difference.

Our Forest Steward workshop offers a hands-on learning experience within Gunpowder Falls State Park on invasive plant identification, successful removal techniques, native plant identification and installation. This FREE event is made possible by a conservation grant from the MD Mountain Club Lester Miles Fund, and by a partnership with the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) and Gunpowder Falls State Park.

No experience is necessary! We are looking for middle, high, and college level students, community residents, Scouts, and outdoors people who care about our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay! Do you like being outside in nature and don’t mind working hard? Do you want to receive community service hours? Then join us and become a Forest Steward for the day. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.

Registration deadline is Wednesday June 26th. Space limited to 30 volunteers.


Volunteer groups should directly contact Peg Perry, GVC Program Director of Education and Restoration, by email or at 443-415-7969.


When: Sunday June 30, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Please arrive by 9:15 to sign-in and receive instructions.

What to bring: Remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring a hat and clothes that can get dirty. Bring your own lunch and water. We will break for lunch around noon.

DirectionsGunpowder Falls State Park – Bunker Hill Road (Hereford, MD). From Towson, take I-83 North to Exit 27 (MD-137/Mt Carmel Road) toward Hereford. Turn right onto Mt Carmel Road and in 0.5 mile turn left onto York Road. Just past Hereford High School, turn left onto Bunker Hill Road. Look for bright yellow truck along Bunker Hill Road.

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy offers environmental stewardship opportunities throughout the year. View our online calendar of events for more information.